The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S military installations outside the United States Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the little known base has been instrumental in American military operations from the Cold War to the war on terror and may house a top secret CIA prison where terror suspects are interrogated and tortured But Diego Garcia harbors another dirty secret, one that has been kept from most of the world until now Island of Shame is the first major book to reveal the shocking truth of how the United States conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia s indigenous people the Chagossians and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where most live in dire poverty to this day Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, military strategists, and exiled islanders, as well as hundreds of declassified documents, David Vine exposes the secret history of Diego Garcia He chronicles the Chagossians dramatic, unfolding story as they struggle to survive in exile and fight to return to their homeland Tracing U.S foreign policy from the Cold War to the war on terror, Vine shows how the United States has forged a new and pervasive kind of empire that is quietly dominating the planet with hundreds of overseas military bases Island of Shame is an unforgettable expos of the human costs of empire and a must read for anyone concerned about U.S foreign policy and its consequences The author will donate all royalties from the sale of this book to the Chagossians....
|Title||:||Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press Revised ed edition January 23, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||586 KB|
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Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia Reviews
This book exposes a hidden component/strategy behind US militarism - the "strategic island concept". In addition, it also shines a light on America's expansionist agenda which puts it on the same level as colonial empires. Both concepts have a sort of gag order placed on them, which explains why no one knows about them!
Least favorite book I have purchased. It was boring.
Very detailed. Well researched. Information you probably won't find anywhere else. But way too obvious that he's biased. I agree that what the USG did was inhumane and the residents should be allowed to go back to their homeland and be paid substantially, but I'd say thousands of lives are saved as we speak because of our ability to launch missions from Diego Garcia. Of course thousands of innocent people have also been killed from the bombings, so how do you balance the benefits and disasters?
Albeit that a most restricted number of global people are, in fact, aware of the Diego Garcia saga and its top strategic existence, the book is consequently a must read for people interested in the United States Armed Forces activities which are deemed super secret and which exist around the globe. The book describes how the Super Powers may and have, in this case, completely abuse the lives of theresidents/ indigents as is the subject matter of the book, an island in an archipelago in the middle of the Indian ocean. The story is of a flagrant displacement and abuse of some 2000 humans and animals carried out by the British at the absolute order of the United States Government.The island inhabitants were rudely transported and disembarked a thousand mile away on an absolutely unfamiliar location, that of Mauricius Island.A resultant multi decades long litigation has never brought any acceptable closure and the B-52 top secret airport thrives as one of many such around the globe for the USA/USAF/USN. The news reports for the site are non ever. This is an excellent reading for those interrested in global military knowledge.
The true history of what and how the island was acquired by the British and given to the US. Now, why would the US have an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean miles from nowhere? Interesting.
As a country, we ought to be ashamed! I expected Obama to do something about this seeing as though he espouses political correctness...Oops, I forgot that is for others!
A great book about an extensive research. Not only about the specific incident - but also very illustrative of how thing happen inside military and government offices. A very interesting perspective if you want to understant how these operations and the people that run them think (or rather, don't think, just act, in fact). A little too much details about things past and consequences that no-one can do anything about anymore (chapters regarding a bit too much detail on the suffering of the islanders - about what, decades after, no one could change anymore) made me skip little bits here and there. But the insider view on militar and covert operations is most valuable and is described in a richness of detail that makes this book worth the 4-star rating.
Anthropologist David Vine spent years researching and writing "Island of Shame", and the meticulousness with which he approached his subject matter shows. For this reader, the book provided important nuances beyond the time constraints of John Pilger's moving television documentary on the deportation of the Chagossians, especially with regard to the type and level of compensation doled out to the evicted Cold War residents of Diego Garcia. (About the only thing missing from "Island of Shame" available within Pilger's first-rate program was the extremely telling on-camera interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, who became visibly irritated, and questioned Pilger's motives.)